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The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior St., Chicago

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Composing Truth to Power: Britten, Shostakovich and Prokofiev in the War Years

May13
7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich embody one of the most colorful and accessible threads in mid-20th century music. Each used his music – both on concert stages and in tandem with emerging media such as radio and film – to connect swiftly with worldwide audiences and to engage young ears with the powers of classical composition. This populist approach to writing music drew on their belief in art’s power to enliven the spirit of any listener, even in dark periods of history, and at a time when many contemporaries were pioneering more densely complex forms of composition. The Chicago Symphony is celebrating this important current in classical music from the last century with a three-week festival. Join us as CSO artistic programming advisor Gerard McBurney presents a talk and Q&A on these composers’ music, inspirations, outlooks, and lasting influence.

Please note the location of this event:
The Poetry Foundation
61 W. Superior St., Chicago
Free admission.

 

Performers

All 2014/15 Single Tickets and CYO Packages will be on sale August 8, 2014.

Performances ON SALE NOW:
Sep 20 - Symphony Ball
Sep 28 - Mariachi Vargas
Oct 14 - Ben-Hur
Oct 17 - Thile/Meyer
Oct 19 - Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette
Oct 25 - Hallowed Haunts
Oct 31 - Dr. Caligari
Nov 2 - China NCPA

Performances ON SALE Friday July 25:
Nov 29 - Vienna Boys Choir
Nov 29&30 - Pixar in Concert
Dec 2&3 - Chanticleer
Dec 7 - Sweet Honey in the Rock
Dec 13-23 - Welcome Yule
Dec 18 - CSO Brass

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